Written by J.B. Miller
The Delaware Association of Old School Baptists, in session with Cow Marsh Church, May 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 1919, to the several churches, brethren and messengers, greeting.
DEAR BRETHREN: - Through the mercy of Almighty God, our Maker and our Redeemer, in hope, we are again permitted to assemble in his name, that name which is above every name, and to whom every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess, to worship in spirit and in truth, for he has said, Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I will be in their midst. In these perilous times of war, riot, confusion and chaos in general the world over, struggling for the mastery, and the end of which is known of God; and hand in hand with this condition false doctrines and commandments of men and devils are being promulgated and inculcated in the hearts of millions of unbelievers, children of disobedience led by the prince of the power of the air, helpless and blinded, yet we hope there is left a remnant who have not bowed the knee to the image of the Baal, even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Therefore the election hath obtained this grace, and the rest were blinded, for God hath given them the spirit of slumber. There are but two classes of human creatures in this world: believers and unbelievers. The first mentioned are under the law of grace, and the last are those who have been given the spirit of slumber and exist by the law of works; but if it be of works, then it is no more grace, otherwise work is no more work. Therefore the children of hope seek after the gospel of Christ, but if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost, in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel sine unto them. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. His elect people were chosen in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love; having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved. Thus the unity of Christ in his people is established before all worlds were made, in eternity, for he saith in eternity, I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment, that I may cause those who love me to inherit substance. The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was, rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, and my delights were with the sons of men. It would seem the habitable part of his earth was in the hearts of his elect then, as well as now; if it were not established then, where would our hope of relationship in Christ stand now? Paul says that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Ghost. Ye must be born again, born of the Spirit; it must be of the heart, and not of the head; Jesus must change that stony heart to one of flesh, as he prepared the eunuch to receive himself. The eunuch had been sent to Jerusalem to worship by the same God that sent Philip toward the south to meet him, and that same Spirit put the words in the eunuch's mouth when he replied that he could not understand, except that he believed with his heart (not head) and was baptized. A man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven. No man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me draw him, and I will raise him up at the last day. Ye must be born again; the relationship in Christ must exist before the new birth obtains in a sinner, for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation, for the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed, for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him (relationship in Christ) of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and who is the preacher but Jesus our Redeemer, in hope? and it all cometh by faith in Christ. By grace ye are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. So it is in Christ, of Christ, Christ in us the hope of glory. Yes, verily their sound went into all the earth on the day of Pentecost; therefore salvation was finished to all that believeth when Christ expired on the cross. He was delivered for our offenses and raised again for our justification, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. Ye are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, and also, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession unto the praise of his glory. So then with the mind, in the new birth, we can say, There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit; for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Here the law of grace reigns supreme, for his death and resurrection abolished the law of works. Therefore we are buried with him by baptism unto death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life; for if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. If ye be led of the Spirit ye are not under the law. It would seem to many the church is passing through a wintry season, yet it must necessarily pass through the furnace of affliction in our time as well as our fore-fathers'; it must be purged by that same Refiner as of yore, as Solomon says, Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this. This applies to the church as well as to the individual, for no branch of the visible church is exempt from sin, and we are no worse or better than the Israelites that crossed the Red Sea. The perseverance of the saints, or those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, are undergoing the same temptations and lusts of the flesh, but this in nowise affects their eternal destiny. Through the merit and efficacy of the blood of Christ, their Mediator and Intercessor, this unity existed before time was, and will be in eternity. Though the raging billows of sin have rolled and overrolled them and enmeshed them, yet God has preserved in them his holy doctrine in all its bearings. As a church, or body, they have sinned, but have not departed from the doctrine of Christ, still believing it and upholding it; and salvation by grace through faith, which came through the death and resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, is the keystone of this precious doctrine given us by the new covenant, even the resurrection of the dead. Even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. For if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. Father, we would rest in thy love.
May the grace of Christ our Savior, and the Father's boundless love, with the Holy Spirit's favor, rest upon us from above. Thus may we abide in union with each other and our Lord, and possess in sweet communion joys which earth cannot afford.
B.E. Cubbage, Moderator
J.B. Miller, Clerk
The Delaware Old School Baptist Association, in session with the Cow Marsh Old School Baptist Church at Cow Marsh, Kent Co, Del., May 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 1919, to the associations and churches with which we correspond sendeth greeting in the Lord.
DEAR BRETHREN: - Once again our heavenly Father hath gathered us to mingle one with another, to talk of his glory and to behold his majesty and power as manifest in his people here below, and to receive your epistles of love and hear your messengers talk of Jesus and his love, for which we feel to say, “We thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for so it seemed good in thy sight.”
We have appointed our next session to be held with the Salem Church, at Philadelphia, Pa., between the third and fourth Sundays in May, 1920, where and when we hope to again meet and receive your ministers and messengers.
B.E. Cubbage, Moderater
J.B. Miller, Clerk
Signs of the Times
Volume 87, No. 12
June 15, 1919